The case for making your own

red berry jam in glass jar
Photography by Jennifer Causey
| Credit: Photography by Jennifer Causey

We know what you're thinking, and, yes, if you're canning the old-fashioned way, jam requires time, patience, and sterilized equipment. Here's an easier way to turn your favorite fruit into spreadable magic: Dump berries into a saucepan with sugar and a bit of citrus zest and simmer until thick, then store it in the fridge. DIY'ing lets you control the sweetness and texture and gives you a spread with a superfresh flavor that's guaranteed to make those store-bought versions jelly.